13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When can Ginny open the 3rd envelope?

2. What did Keith take from Mari's?

3. What does Keith do before Ginny can escape?

4. What do Ginny and Keith drive to his next show?

5. What is Ginny supposed to do with a Roman boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Keith makes a romantic overture to Ginny?

2. Where does Ginny go at the Coliseum, what does she do and what does the letter she opens there say?

3. Who is Ginny supposed to meet in Edinburgh and why? How does Ginny feel about going there?

4. What is Ginny's experience in the theater?

5. Who is Keith's roommate?

6. What do Ginny and Keith discuss over a beer and coke?

7. What does Ginny think of the streets in Rome and how does she find the metro station?

8. Where do Keith and Ginny go after having a drink?

9. What does Ginny decide to do to get rid of the tickets she now holds and how many does she give away?

10. How does Ginny meet Fiona and David and what does Keith tell her about them? How does she feel about Fiona's plans?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Maureen Johnson.

2. What in Johnson's background may have helped him in writing "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Ginny and Peg. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Richard and Ginny. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "13 Little Blue Envelopes" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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